Srihadi Soedarsono was born in Solo,Central Java on 4 December 1931 in batik-merchants community. Srihadi's grandfather played a large role in leading Sriadi to the world of art. His grandfather introduced him to javanese culture since Srihadi was five year old,through the world of wayang (shadow puppet). This introduction sparked Srihadi's interest in the art world when he was not yet ten years of age. Srihadi Soedarsono has exhibited extensively since 1955, selected exhibitions include Biennale de Sao Paolo (1969), Contemporary Asian Art (Fukuoka Art Museum – Japan, 1980), Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Triennial (1993), Asian Modernism: Diverse Development in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand (Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo – Japan; Metropolitan Museum of Manila – Philippines; National Gallery, Bangkok – Thailand; National Art Gallery, Jakarta – Indonesia; 1996), Indonesian Modern Art and Beyond (Davos – Switzerland, 1997), Indonesian Biennial XI (1998), Visions and Enchantment: Southeast Asian Paintings (Singapore Art Museum, 2000). The artist lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia.